I-594

Election 2014
5:00 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Ballot Initiatives Pit Gun Control Advocates Against Gun Rights Activists

Seth Perlman AP Photo

There are two gun initiatives on the Washington ballot. Initiative 594 and Initiative 591 both have to do with background checks on gun buyers.

The battle over the initiatives is a classic fight between gun control advocates who say more regulation will limit gun violence and gun rights activists who fear a loss of their Second Amendment “right to bear arms.”

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Gun control initiative
4:03 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Bill And Melinda Gates Contribute to Wash. Gun Control Measure

FILE - Bill and Melinda Gates attend the Millennium Development Goals event, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013 at U.N. headquarters.
Mary Altaffer Associated Press

Bill and Melinda Gates have each contributed $25,000 to the campaign to require background checks for most gun sales in Washington. The couple’s personal contributions late last month helped push the Yes on Initiative 594 campaign over the $1 million mark.

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